Category Archives: Art Nouveau/Belle Époque Posters&Graphics

CARDBOARD, BUT FAR FROM TACKY—ORIGINAL VINTAGE PLACARDS!

Rhum Tamaris c.1940; Anonymous; 14 1/4″ x 10 1/4″; A-,Cdbd. We’re beginning this survey from our placard collection, with a very simple design, a photograph of a pretty girl replete with accessories apt for the tropical production areas of rum. … Continue reading

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DELICIOUS ITALIAN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

Sorrento 1955; Mario Puppo; 39″x25 3/4″ The other evening we were enjoying a delicious meal at Tutti Matti, an Italian restaurant we love, and we began to consider the qualities of the preparations, wine, liqueur and coffee, not to mention … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC CIVILIZATION AND WILD ANIMALS

ggg Antelope 1989;Kazumasa Nagai;41″x29″ It might be a good idea to begin our embrace of original vintage poster design’s focus upon animals, by way of a creature’s-eye-view of what is thrilling. The work shown above, Kazumasa Nagai’s reverie on the … Continue reading

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VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART AND GREAT EXPOS–MAKING SOMETHING BIG EVEN BIGGER

Atherton; 30″ x 20″ Modern technology has enabled a proliferation of international events focussing upon excellence and the changes going on in current history. This poster graphic from one of the most memorably iconic attention getters deftly thrills to a … Continue reading

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BIG AND BOLD: LARGE FORMAT CLASSIC POSTER ART

                   Deauville 1920s Jean-Gabriel Domergue;47 3/4″ x 64 3/4″;A, LOur commitment to small-format graphic design brilliance is unwavering; but we also know that voluminous graphic presence facilitates rewards unattainable by modest scale. Need a jump-start after a tangled day? How … Continue reading

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BLACK AND RED: NOT MERE COLORS!

At the outset of lithographic poster communications (in the 1890’s), an inspired French designer, Jules-Alexandre Grun, hit upon color cues to evoke the addictive verve and uncanniness of Belle Epoque Paris delights.

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LADIES IN ADVERTISING

So often you’ll hear that advertising demeans women, that it tends to imply that they are mere physical entities with no more-elevated features. This seems a dynamite argument, until you stop to consider, “What’s wrong with physical riches?” Sure, calculative … Continue reading

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PIERRE BONNARD AND THE BELLE EPOQUE

Not terribly unlike the situation for daring artists today, attempting to garner a critical mass of enthusiasts from out of a populace rabid for dubious sensations, Pierre Bonnard found himself on a slippery slope.

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THE LITHOGRAPHS OF PIERRE BONNARD

Pierre Bonnard was a French painter and print-maker acutely committed to avant-garde efforts as commonly designated Art Nouveau. His special take upon the matter became known as Les Nabis, a concentration upon delicate minutiae of figures and settings, and the … Continue reading

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ART NOUVEAU GRAPHICS

Today we’ll try to make amends for ignoring hitherto a great design endeavor, namely, Art Nouveau, particularly in its graphic desigm output. During its heyday in the period just before World War I, Art Nouveau thrilled to a new and … Continue reading

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